Cycling in Sicily
Giro D’Italia Cycling Camp 2020 Memories
It has been a crazy year for us. When we started planning the Giro Camp for spring possibly the Covid was already “cycling” around the world but we could never ever expect our life would change in such a crazy way. The Giro Camp was planned for May. We already had several friends who had decided to register for the Camp but then for different reasons (quarantine, fear of the virus and so on) the group became smaller. Some friends will come in 2021. We have offered them to refund their deposit but some said… “No way! […]
Top 5 Tips for a perfect Weekend Ride (if you are not single)
All amateur cyclist will always have to deal with “the problem”. You want to go out for a long ride with cycling friends during the weekend and your partner wants to go to Ikea! Is not that you don’t want to stay with her. Is just that cycling is a time demanding activity. How to survive this? You already know that you cannot do both because after the ride you just want to eat and sleep! Here you can find our Top 5 Tips for a safe Cycling Weekend ADVANCE PLANNING Everything is about planning! If you want to […]
Cycling in Style: dos and don’ts
Yes, we have to admit! We think that style is more important than Watts! If it was not so then we were PRO riders and they simply don’t care if they are wearing a jersey full of logos, if they have to wear yellow fluo together with orange and dark green! In general there are simple rules that we like to follow when we go out cycling. Forgot the helmet at home? Just don’t ride the bike! Bib shorts must be black. Total black! We can tollerate navy blue. Never ever wear long pants with short sleeves jersey! Actually we […]
Cycling Across Sicily
I’m getting older (and even slower). In November 2018 I finally turned 40 and, thinking about me when I started racing and looking at triathletes of 39-44 category, is really strange. I thought: “they are old! they should stay home and think about something else”. But I found out that being slower gives you a different point of view when you are on a bike. Sicily is special in many ways. After 40 years of living here I still discover hidden gems of beauty where the silence and the sound of your wheels is the only thing that you really […]
World is small on a Bike
Today I want to share a small story about my cycling world. Something that is not supposed to happen. I’m Tommaso and I’m the founder of Sicily Cycling Club. Together with sicilian friends we like to ride our bikes around Sicily and Etna to show how beautiful our island can be on a bike. People think Sicily is about Mafia, Godfathers, Gangsters and Guns… Actually it is not! I know, I love my land as every one else does with his own country. But Sicily is special. Full of contradictions. We were ruled by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and many […]
Sicily is… Cycling!
Are you ready to train under the sun 365 days a year? Sicily is the perfect place if you want to train all year. Winter is never very cold and the Summer is hot but dry. Sometimes we go riding in the morning and then we have a swim at the beach at noon even for Christmas time! Also the hours of daylight are always more then 10 everyday. This means a lot of time to enjoy cycling. Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average High Temp °C (°F) 15 (59) 15 (59) […]
Sicily is… Country Roads
If you are the kind of person that likes to ear only the sound of his wheels when is riding, then Sicily is the perfect place to visit! Cycling far from the big cities, through Sicilian country roads is an experience you will never forget. Sometimes we love to push us to the limit, but we also like to watch the landscapes and take pictures of our group rides. We love to have a break (even more than one…) and stop to have an “espresso” or some typical Sicilian refreshing drink at the “chiosco”.
Sicily is… Etna
Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe but don’t worry! It’s not dangerous. Just Beautiful! On the eastern coast of Sicily – a short journey from the Strait of Messina – lies Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and UNESCO World Heritage. Through the centuries, its eruptions have shaped the volcano’s slopes, designing unique landscapes of lava and ice. The area is now an enormous nature reserve, full of walkable trails. Climbing to the top, we can roam its changing topographies: from a fruitful countryside of sweet citrus groves to thick forests to bare terrain where the perfume of […]
Sicily is… Mountains and Sea
Etna dominates the landscape and is ever-present in the inhabitants lives here. Catania lies cradled amidst the splendid greenery of its surroundings, yet at the same time opens out to the sea, welcoming us with its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture in lavic rock. The city is full of attractions, offering historic and artistic wonders for everyone. Cobalt and crystalline blues, and other undescribable hues are the tones of the sea of Catania’s coast. Pebbly but pleasant beaches, small bays alternating with dark tracts of black tuff, high cliffs a sheer drop to the sea, and endless golden coastlines […]
Sicily is… Choosen by the Champs
Every year the many Top Pro Cyclists come to Sicily to train on the Etna. The 2015 Giro D’Italia winner Alberto Contador and the 2015 World Champion Peter Sagan, together with all the Team mates of Tinkoff-Saxo Team, had Training Camps on our mountains. Perfect weather and climbs all over the season are just some of the reasons. You will find out more when you come to Sicily. In the meantime you can watch videos by GNC (Global Cycling Network) of Alberto and Peter talking about how to train for the mountains and how to wheelie during their retreat on Etna.